Re: Are libraries dying?
- From: Lynn McGuire <lmc@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2010 10:28:25 -0500
So you agree, then, that the "10 year" figure was, in fact,
retarded, hysterical bullhist intended to sell someone's doomsday
book? Or does "two days" round up to "ten years" in your world?
What matters is the cause of the blackout. When hurricane Ike came
through Houston in September of 2008, the entire Houston area was off
the grid for the first time in 30 ? 40 ? years. While some areas of
Houston were back online in 24 hours, other areas did not get power
for up to six weeks. One very important thing to note is that all
the linemen from 20 ? 30 ? 40 ? states came to Houston to help out.
It was an amazing thing to see the picture of all the thousands of
line trucks gathered together for a meeting.
Another thing to note was that my home had power back in 60 hours.
But my office did not have power for a week and a half. And I live
in an rural area but my office is in the city.
As I said, overall, at worst, a few days, stretching in to a few
weeks in some isolated places (though "isolated" may not mean
particularly remote; in fact, it is more likely to be the various
"sumps" - urban areas that do not generate anywhere near enough
power locally to sustain their needs, like Los Angeles, that will
have the worst of it.)
When the Houston area went down (30% of the population of Texas),
the power generators (which are mostly outside Houston) did not.
So, power was available on the grid. In a solar storm scenario or
a EMP event, the entire grid may be down and take weeks to re-
establish. But not years unless an EMP event fries everything in
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